Back in September, I first shared my vision for building a well in Haiti. Part of our mission at Stephanie Creekmur is to spread love wherever and however we can, and one way we hope to do that is by providing clean water to those who need it. I have been talking with Richard from Helping Hands in Motion about ways we can get involved and help make this happen. Not wanting to reinvent the wheel or step on any toes of those already drilling in Haiti, I thought it'd be best for us to partner with those who are already there doing this work.
In our early talks it didn't seem like our financial support was needed in Haiti, as they had raised enough for the wells scheduled for drilling. There was however talk of sponsoring a well in India. This kind of caught me off guard because that's not quite the plan I had, but as we know, our plans are not always His plans. I let that thought marinate for a couple months and to be honest this project fell to the back burner. I feel terrible for even typing this, but with Stationery Academy and preparing for the National Stationery Show, I haven't had time for much else. Ew. Is my job (though it is my dream job and I love every minute) more important than someone having clean water? Absolutely not. It's so hard to keep things in perspective in this world we live in.
Yesterday I was able to speak with Richard again, and they have hit a bump in the road with the drilling of the well in Callebasse (A tiny town on top of a mountain. This is where I traveled last July to work in the orphanage and where I am heading at the end of June!). The existing roads have major pot holes and need repairing and there are two new roads (rocky paths) that need to be worked on so the machinery is able to get where it needs to to do the work.
That's where we come in! They need $5,000 to make this all happen and they need it as soon as possible. There will be a few different groups and churches trying to raise this money but I would love if we could raise (at least) $1,000, which I think is an absolutely attainable goal!
Last night on Instagram, I shared this sneak peek into my sketchbook:
I wanted to create something that could hang in your home (as well as mine) and serve as a reminder to "love one another". Whether it's cooking a meal for a family going through a rough time, buying coffee for the person behind you, or building wells in Haiti, it's important we do what we can to show love and give hope to others.
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
This print is now for sale in our shop to help us raise the money needed! This is probably one of my favorite things I've ever created and if you only buy one thing from my shop during the entirety of it's lifetime, I hope you buy this.
In order to reach our goal we will need to sell about 50 prints! I know that we can do this, and more! I hope that you will find some way to support this project! Below are just a few ways you can help!
- Purchase a print. Or 10.
- Share about our project.
- Donate (any amount helps!) using the button in our sidebar.
- Pray that we are able to spread the word far and fast.
- Pray for everyone involved in the building of this well.
- Pray for the community of Calabase and the children in the orphanage.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project. Now, share it with a friend! ;)
You can read my journal entries from my first two trips, here.